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British Airways chief defends new 787 Dreamliner fleet

The second British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives at Heathrow Airport Photo: Steve Parsons/PA

The UK economy is growing at a slow pace, the chief executive of British Airways owner IAG said today after it announced operating profits of more than £200 million.

BA is due to start flying its first 787 Dreamliner, despite recent fears over the new plane. Willie Walsh told ITV News' Economics Editor Richard Edgar that it is a "fantastic aircraft".

He said that most new aircrafts have "teething problems" but admitted that the grounding of an entire fleet was unusual, adding that social media had contributed to the outcry over the safety of the Dreamliner.